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    1. FT Photo Diary

      March 2, 2015

      Fire at Noordhoek Manor old age home

      Firemen battle a blaze in Noordhoek Manor old age home in Cape Town, South Africa. A fire fanned by gale force south...

    2. February 27, 2015

      Era of big UK divorce payouts may be getting decree absolute

      When a South African billionaire’s wife finds another woman’s lipstick on his collar, London mayor Boris Johnson joked, she...

    Special Reports

    1. Southern Africa Mining 2012

      The region has not made the most of what should have been a rosy period...
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      The winners of the 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action...
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    1. February 24, 2015

      We hunt unicorns but must also value technology zebras

      The hype around so-called unicorns — those rare companies that have created more than $1bn in value — is unrelenting. Every...

    2. February 13, 2015

      Time to say buy buy from Mining Indaba

      The annual Mining Indaba event in Cape Town has become a place to take the pulse of the world’s industry. So what state is...

    3. beyondbrics

      February 10, 2015

      Guest post: Africa's role in addressing China's dominance of rare earths

      By Ian Coles of Mayer Brown Mining professionals are gathered in Cape Town this week for Indaba, one of the largest mining...

    4. beyondbrics

      February 6, 2015

      Guest post: a key moment for South African mining legislation

      By Peter Leon, Webber Wentzel As the great, the good and the not so good descend on Cape Town in midsummer for next week’s...

    5. January 30, 2015

      The Twelve Apostles, Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants, Jason Bakery, Sababa, Chefs Warehouse Canteen

      A rich lamb terrine, a fillet of fresh, flaky kingklip and a luscious dessert of milk and honey: this was a good meal,...

    6. December 19, 2014

      Trophy hunters return to Cape Town’s high-end property market

      In Cape Town’s affluent coastal suburbs the houses are becoming more opulent and spectacular as they tower imperiously over...

    7. November 25, 2014

      South African retailers strike $5.7bn deal

      Steinhoff International, South Africa’s biggest furniture company, has agreed to buy Pepkor, Africa’s largest retailer, in a...

    8. November 3, 2014

      Notebook: India is a nation in need of a trade deal with itself

      It was easy to calculate road trip times when we lived in the wide open spaces of southern Africa. The rule of thumb was to...

    9. FT Photo Diary

      November 3, 2014

      Fire in Masiphumelele

      Nick Bothma/EPA South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the...

    10. October 20, 2014

      Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town

      Where: Orange Street Price of an espresso: R25 (£1.40) WiFi: Yes Open: 24 hours Plug sockets: Yes Privacy points: 4/5 In the...

    11. MBA blog

      October 13, 2014

      Reflections on South Africa

      We prepared for months, we contacted companies of all sizes to set up meetings, and finally we travelled thousands of...

    12. September 26, 2014

      A good place to decant: six homes with stylish wine cellars

      Château Soligny, Californie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France, €55m Where In Le Californie, an area of hills above the...

    13. September 5, 2014

      Booming film industry boosts South Africa’s economy

      Three gun-toting men leap over obstacles and dash behind houses along a Soweto street that Nelson Mandela once called home....

    14. August 10, 2014

      The Art and Science of Exploration 1768-80, The Queen’s House, Greenwich, UK – review

      It was in the 18th century that art helped Europe fall under the spell of the exotic. The word had formerly evoked nothing...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      July 16, 2014

      Cape Town protest

      Rodger Bosch/AFP People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel’s military...

    16. FT Photo Diary

      June 18, 2014

      Eviction restriction

      Nic Bothma/EPA A woman and a child sit at a vacant land in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, following a mass eviction two...

    17. April 27, 2014

      South African opposition in tough fight to convince poor blacks

      A tall sign towers over the rickety tin shacks of Khayelitsha, telling residents that the city of Cape Town is taking an...

    18. March 28, 2014

      Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014

      Alayne Reesberg is quite clear that design isn’t just about the pretty. “It’s much more about the gritty,” says the chief of...

    19. beyondbrics

      March 16, 2014

      The week ahead, March 17-21

      The week ahead in emerging markets: the world will be watching the aftermath of the weekend’s proposed referendum in Crimea....

    20. March 9, 2014

      Blueprints for a better world

      Candlestick holders crafted from roof sheeting; a bucket geyser for heating water; a red plastic chair held together with...

    21. February 7, 2014

      Cautious mood permeates Mining Indaba

      Cape Town in February is when the mining industry takes its annual health check at its biggest conference. At this year’s...

    22. beyondbrics

      February 2, 2014

      The week ahead: Feb 3-7

      The week ahead in emerging markets: PMI manufacturing indices for many major EMs; Thailand elections; ICC to look at...

    23. January 24, 2014

      The Diary: Hedley Twidle

      The novelist Teju Cole visits Cape Town and I am asked to lead a “literary walkabout” of the city in his company for the...

    24. January 17, 2014

      Short cuts: New airline to St Helena; Bhutan marathon

      London Three British Airways pilots are planning to set up their own airline to link London with one of the UK’s remotest...

    25. beyondbrics

      December 13, 2013

      Novartis: looking to get flexible in Africa

      Novartis is bullish on Africa. The company’s chief executive Joseph Jimenez last week assembled his senior executives to...

    26. December 11, 2013

      FT/City Ingenuity Awards runners-up

      Highly commended: Bicycle Empowerment Network The Bicycle Empowerment Network is an expanding chain of sale and repair shops...

    27. September 26, 2013

      Xamissa, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris – review

      Four singers, a saxophonist and a drummer stand silent in the stippled gloom of the Bouffe du Nord. Beside them, Kyle...

    28. September 20, 2013

      Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize winner Hedley Twidle revisits South Africa’s Highway N2

      The N2 is the longest highway in South Africa. It starts at an intersection near the docks in Cape Town, follows the eastern...

    29. FT Photo Diary

      August 15, 2013

      Window of poverty in Cape town

      Nic Bothma/EPA A child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa....

    30. beyondbrics

      July 27, 2013

      The Weekender, July 27

      The week in emerging markets, with: our most read stories, five things we have learned, our favourite long reads, image of...

    31. beyondbrics

      July 23, 2013

      Cape Town property: on Russia's radar

      Wealthy Russians buying mansions overseas is hardly new: just see London. Now Cape Town is becoming one of the target...

    32. July 19, 2013

      The Diary: Nicola Barker

      I was sitting at the kitchen table a couple of weeks ago innocently enjoying an especially delicious cauliflower cheese when...

    33. July 5, 2013

      How using the right font on signs adds to a city’s character

      It’s everywhere. In Sydney, Paris, Los Angeles, Cape Town. It’s on buildings, in taxis, on hoardings, and all over your...

    34. July 5, 2013

      High-end homes for cricket fans

      26 Matthew Flinders Place, Burraneer, New South Wales, Australia, A$4.5m ($4.18m) Where: On the Burraneer Peninsula, with...

    35. May 31, 2013

      Hot property: beaches

      Villa Ira, Porto Rotondo, Sardinia, Italy, €9.5m Where In the northeast of the island on the Costa Smeralda. The property...

    36. May 24, 2013

      New role on the cards for Diamond

      Bob Diamond is considering backing a US investment firm started by former colleagues at what used to be Barclays Global...

    37. beyondbrics

      May 10, 2013

      How to get Africa online: 'white space'

      Africa has the lowest internet penetration rate globally, but some of the world’s tech giants think they may have touched a...

    38. beyondbrics

      May 7, 2013

      South African Airways: still got friends

      It may be having a rough time at home, but South African Airways still has friends overseas – and the latest is Etihad...

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